Oh what to do with those unused potatoes in the pantry?You see, Saturday morning is sacred time in our house. I typically wake up with the dogs in my face asking me to take them out for their morning constitutional. Then I feed them, make a pot of coffee, and head back upstairs to our bonus room where I’ll work in about an hour or so of Playstation/corgi cuddle time while Kara sleeps a little while longer. After she wakes up, I head back downstairs and make breakfast. Yes, it’s a tradition. I like to make breakfast every Saturday morning.
When buying the typical 3lb bag of red potatoes to make Kara’s potato salad, we’re left with about 1/2lb or so of potatoes. This particular weekend, breakfast hash sounded good to me. I rarely make breakfast potatoes because to get them just right takes a good deal of time and patience. You gotta dice everything up, then you need to let the potatoes cook out all their moisture to get nice and crispy which is a process that needs to be done on med-low heat for quite some time. Cook them too fast on higher heat and they’ll be crispy on the outside, but still raw and crunchy on the inside.
The thing I love about a good breakfast hash, is using what’s laying around. We still had red onion and some cooked bacon from the potato salad. We always have garlic, green onions, and eggs on hand. Today I topped the hash with a fried egg, but you could also crack a few INTO the hash and make a scramble.
- 1-2 tbsp vegetable oil
- ~1/2 lb potatoes - Diced as equally as possible for even cooking
- ~ 1/2 onion - Diced (doesn't really matter what kind)
- 2-3 cloves garlic - Diced
- 1/2 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp chili powder
- Salt & Pepper as needed
- Cooked Bacon - Diced
- Eggs - Optional
- Green Onion - Optional (for topping)
- Shredded Cheese - Optional (for topping)
Heat oil in non-stick (I use my cast iron) skillet over med-low heat
Toss in potatoes, stir to coat them evenly with oil and let cook for about 20-25 minutes, turning only a few times to ensure good browning
Add onion, garlic, spices and continue to cook until onions are softened, about 5 more minutes
Toss in diced bacon
If doing scrambled eggs, toss in at very end and stir until eggs are cooked through, or top with a fried egg (need a separate skillet)
Garnish with more bacon bits, shredded cheddar, and/or diced green onion
Feeling even more fancy? Some diced avocado, cilantro, & a dollop of sour cream could make this even more decadent. The beauty of something like this are the endless options. Enjoy and have fun cooking!